“There’s something happening here, and there’s a shell game that Elon Musk has going on,” Sonnenfeld said. The “shell game” accusation refers to a sleight of hand swindle, often seen on city streets for money, in which a player must follow and guess where an object lands as a dealer passes it under overturned cups or shells.
Musk often points to new product ventures — such as autonomous taxis or submarines — to keep attention away from Tesla’s “demand saga, departure issues ” and “debt issues, ” said Sonnenfeld, a senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management.
Tesla did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Sonnenfeld’s remarks on “Squawk Box.”
The electric auto maker is set to release second-quarter production numbers any day and quarterly earnings later this summer. In the first quarter, Tesla…